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Annual Conference

12 April – 14 April 2019

Robinson College
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Conference Schedule

Friday, 12 April 2019

Registration opens……………………………………………………. 10:00

Lunch………………………………………………………………………… 11:30-12:30
Keynote (1)…….……………………….................................... 12:30-13:30
Session 1…………………………………………………………………… 13:45-15:15
Coffee/Tea/ ……………………………………………………………… 15:15-15:45
Session 2…………………………………………………………………… 15:45-17:15
Keynote (2)……….…….………….......................................... 17:30-19:00
Dinner ……………………………….……………………….……………. 19:00-20:00
BASEES Women's Forum Roundtable and Drinks.………. 21:00-22:00

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Session 3………………………………………………………………….. 09:00-10:30

Coffee/Tea……………………………………………………………….. 10:30-11:00
Meet the PG Poster Presenters………….………. 10:30-11:00
Session 4………………………………………………………………….. 11:00-12:30
Lunch……………………………………………………………………….. 12:30-13:45
BASEES Annual General Meeting………………... 12:45-13:30
Session 5………………………………………………………………….. 13:45-15.15
Coffee/Tea ……………………………………………..……………….. 15:15-15:45
Membership enquiries………………………………….15:20-15:40
Session 6……………………….………..………………………………… 15:45-17:15
Keynote (3)..……………………………………………………..………. 17:30-19:00
Drinks Reception………………………………………………………. 19:00-19:45
Conference Dinner…………….…………………………..…….…… 19.45-22:00

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Session 7………………………………………………………………….. 09:00-10:30

Coffee/Tea……………………………………………………………….. 10:30-11:00

Session 8…………………………………………………………………… 11:00-12:30
Session 9……………………………………………………………………. 12:45-14.15

Friday 12 April

Registration opens at 10:00

12:30-1:30 Keynote Roundtable:

13:45-15:15: SESSION 1

1.1 Literatures Dostoevsky: Demons, The Idiot, Brothers Karamazov

Chair: Muireann Maguire (University of Exeter)
Papers: Alina Wyman (New College of Florida)
‘Fantastic Realism Revisited: The Hoffmannesque in Dostoevsky’s
Octavian Gabor (Methodist College)
‘The Problem of Evil and Fr. Zosima’s Responsibility Before All’
Yvonne Poerzgen (University of Bremen; RGGU Moscow)
‘Rational Irrationality – Irrational Rationality Concepts of Rationality in
Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s „The Idiot“’
Wei Zhao (TBC)
‘An Analysis of the Creation of the Concept of "Love" in "Idiot"’

1.2 Literatures Found in Translation (1): Literary and Cultural Reception

and in Eastern Europe

Papers: Josef Šaur (Department of Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Arts,
Masaryk University)
‘“Lost in Translation”: the Czech Reception of Russian Literature after
Krystyna Wieszczek (University of Southampton)
‘Censorship, Book-Smuggling and Clandestine Prints: George Orwell’s
Polish Reception’
Susan Reynolds (The British Library)
‘Two poets, two centuries, one literature: Vrchlicky and Capek's
anthologies of modern French poetry’

1.3 Literatures Artistic Memory and Post-1989

Chair: Maria Alina Asavei (Charles University, Prague)
Papers: Jiri Kocian (Charles University)
‘The Trap of „Leftism“: Reinventing Anti-Establishment Musical Revolt in
the Czech Republic after 1989’
Nela Milic (University of the Arts London)
‘Backdrops of memory – Ruins as Reminders’
Caterina Preda (University of Bucharest)
‘The art and politics of performative memory: performative socialist
monuments in South-Eastern Europe’

1.4 Literatures Roundtable

and Ways of seeing, ways of doing: Researching Donbas
Cultures through visual arts, creative practice and public
Chair: Irina Kuznetsova (University of Birmingham)
Participants: Stefhan Caddick (University of South Wales)
Victoria Donovan (University of St Andrews)
Clemens Poole (Izolatsiya: Platform for Cultural Initiatives)
Darya Tsymbalyuk (University of St Andrews)

1.5 Politics Russian Messianism 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin
Chair: Katarzyna Kaczmarska (Aberystwyth University)
Papers: Magda Dolinska-Rydzek (Justus-Liebig University Giessen)

‘Russia and the Antichrist: Russian Messianism in Chosen Eschatological
Narratives After 1991’
Maria Engström (Uppsala University)
‘Visualizing Messianism: Russo-European Civilisation Project and Neo-
Conservative Contemporary Russian Art’
Alicja Curanovic (University of Warsaw)
Katarzyna Biersztanska (University of Warsaw)
Piotr Szymański (University of Warsaw)
‘Did the Fall of the USSR Bring Messianism in Russian Foreign Policy to
an End?’
Discussant: Peter J.S. Duncan (University College London)

1.6 Politics Russian foreign policy and military strategy

Papers: Nurlan Aliyev (University of Warsaw)
‘Development of Russia’s Military Strategy: From the Soviet Union to
Contemporary Russia’
Katarzyna Kaczmarska (Aberystwyth University)
‘The role of academic community in Russia’s foreign policy-making’
Till Spanke (London School of Economics and Political
‘Leverage and Means of Patron States in Shaping State Building Processes
in De Facto States’
Balki Begumhan Bayhan (Coventry University)
‘Legitimising Hybrid Regimes in the International Sphere: An analysis of

1.7 Politics Ukraine: 5 Years After the Revolution

Papers: Irina Kuznetsova (University of Birmingham)
‘The multiple experiences of displacement from Ukraine’s conflict-torn
territories: Intersectionality, vulnerability and exclusion’
Bohdana Kurylo (University College London)
‘An unconventional security actor: Civil society in the Ukraine crisis’
Olga Onuch (University of Manchester)
'Supporting the Revolution: Post Protest Buy-in or Post-Protest

1.8 Film/Media Mediating Sexualities 1: Queer Russia Online
Chair: Galina Miazhevich (Cardiff University)
Papers: Olga Andreevskikh (University of Leeds)
‘Russian media in the context of 'traditional values' discourse and anti-
LGBTQ ‘traditional sexuality’ legislation: views from media professionals
and local LGBTQ communities’
Clinton Glenn (McGill University)
‘LGBT Russian YouTubers and the Genre of Каминг Аут (Coming Out)
Alex Maxwell (University of Virginia)
‘#квир - Exploring the Intersection of Identity, Visual Aesthetics, and
Fashion as a Safe Space for Expressions of Queerness among Russian and
Eastern European Instagram Influencers’

1.9 Sociology Social Policy on Russia and Eastern Europe

Papers: Slezáková Katarína, (Masaryk University)
Martina Kampichler
‘Classed Practices and Accessibility of Early Childhood Education and
Care in the Czech Republic: Case Study of Brno’
Ivanishenko Nina, (Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny
Varyzgina Alla Novgorod)
‘Between bureaucratisation and democratization: how NGOs build up a
relationship with local communities in provincial Russian regions’
Lawson, Gary SSEES UCL
‘Russia’s Contemporary Pronatalism. The Evolution of Policy Priorities
from Demographic ‘Crisis’ to Housing Needs’

1.10 Sociology Dynamics of Identity Construction. Poland and Poles -

and Past and Present
Chair: Ochman, Eva (University of Manchester)
Papers: White, Anne (UCL, SSEES)
‘Local identities in Poland: emigration and immigration dynamics’
Gryta, Janek (University of Bristol)
‘Nature, Locality and Socialism. Construction of socialist landscapes in
the Communist Poland’
Young, Sara (UCL Institute of Education)
‘”An outsider Polish person”: questions of linguistic identity’ and place
amongst Polish-born adolescents living in the UK

1.11 History Myth making and truth seeking: the constructions of

British perspectives of the USSR
Papers: Emily Lygo (University of Exeter)
‘Looking forwards, looking backwards: the construction of narratives of
the USSR in literature in Translation in Britain’
Nicholas Hall (University of Exeter)
‘From ‘The chosen city of the Soviet Union’ to ‘the reverse side of the
picture’ – The City and the Countryside in British Travel Accounts of 1930s
Soviet Union’
Max Hodgson (University of Buckingham)
‘A Soviet government of justice and kindness’? British visitors to Russia,
cultural diplomacy and prisons in the inter-war period’

1.12 History Imagining the Future in Russia´s February Revolution –

Instant reactions in the press across the empire
Papers: Franziska Schedewie (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
‘Snapshots in newspapers - Presenting a volume in preparation, I:
concept and approach’
Dennis Dierks (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
‘Snapshots in newspapers - Presenting a volume in preparation, II:
preliminary results’
Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham)
‘Provincial news: The SR press in Nizhnii Novgorod, Kazan and Tambo’
Elke Hartmann (Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität München)
‘The quest for Armenian autonomy: The February Revolution in Russia as
reflected in the Tiflis Armenian newspaper Mšak’
Discussant: Michael C. Hickey (Bloomsburg University)

1.13 History Czechoslovak History

Papers: Kelly Hignett (Leeds Beckett University)

‘”The Widows of Prague”: Analysing the 1952 Slánský Show Trial from the
Perspective of the Victims’ Families’
Anna Soulsby (University of Nottingham)
‘1968 and Afterwards: Normalisation and the Consequences for the
Careers of Czech Managers”’
Zuzana Podracká (Independent Researcher)
‘“Same story, different generation?” Slovak Velvet Revolution narrative(s)’
David Aitken (McGill University)
‘Jan Patočka and the Temporalities of Dissent’
Martin Myant (European Trade Union Institute)
‘What kind of politics after 1989 in the Czech Republic?’

1.14 History The Baltic Crisis and the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Chair: Juhana Aunesluoma (University of Helsinki)
Papers: Kaarel Piirimäe (University of Tartu)
‘The New Thinking and the Republics from Perestroika to Soviet
Mart Kuldkepp (University College London)
‘Baltic Liberation First-Hand: Swedish Diplomatic Reporting from the
Baltics in 1989-1991’
Juha-Matti Ritvanen (University of Turku)
‘Finland, Baltic Independence and the Collapse of the Soviet Union’
Discussant: Juhana Aunesluoma (University of Helsinki)

1.15 History Western Balkans

Papers: Milosz Wiatrowski (Yale University)
‘The Perils of Parallels: the Yugoslav wars and Poland's Eastern policy’
Oliver Panichi (University of Teramo)
‘Between the oppressed and the States: the foreign volunteers in the
Balkans insurrection (1875-1876)’
Samuel Foster (University of East Anglia)
‘Forgotten Alliances at War: The Serbian Army and 'Positive Militarism' in
Anglo-French Propaganda, 1912-1916’

1.16 Oxford Russian Fund Changes rules of the game in regional

Fellows at BASEES Russian development: institutions
Chair: A. Titkov (MSEES, Moscow)
Papers: Natalia Lebedeva (Oxford Russia Fund)
‘Medicalization of Mental Disorders in Today’s Russia’
Sergey Mohov (Oxford Russia Fund)
‘Palliative care in modern Russia: actors and strategies’
Maria Fedorova (Oxford Russia Fund)
‘Reconstruction of history of emergence and evolution of such type of
building as military hospital’
Ivan Tarasov (Oxford Russia Fund)
‘The urban environment as a multiple object: ratings, implementations,
Sofia Gavrilova (Oxford Russia Fund)
‘The construction of silences in regional identity’

1.17 Meeting of the BASEES Study Group (Digital) Media and Cultures (DMC) in
collaboration with the Russian Media Lab at the University of Helsinki

15:45-17:15 Time: SESSION 2

2.1 Literatures Nikolai Leskov and Russian religious culture: reception,
and contradictions, language games
Chair: Margarita Vaysman (University of St Andrews)
Papers: Marta Lukaszewicz (University of Warsaw)
‘“The Review Is Written in Order to Demonstrate the Falsehood of This
Boring but Not Harmless Utopia”: Nikolai Leskov as a Literary Critic’
Mayya Kucherskaya (School of Philology, National Research
University "Higher School of Economics")
‘Word as a character in Nikolay Leskov's prose (a case study of "Notes in
an Unknown Hand")’
Anna Fedotova (Yaroslavl State Pedagogical University d after
K. D. Ushinsky)
‘ From Leo Tolstoy To Gospels: reception in Nikolay Leskov’s "rhapsody"
"A vale"’

2.2 Literatures For the Friendship of the Peoples’: Translation in East-

and Central Europe in the Stalin Era
Chair: Andrew Roach (University of Glasgow)
Papers: Zsuzsanna Varga (University of Glasgow)
‘Translating and retranslating: Anna Karenina in Hungarian literature’
Margaret Tejerizo (University of Glasgow)
‘Translations of the “1927 Generation” poets into Russian during the
Stalin Era’
John Bates (University of Glasgow)
‘Enclaves of Liberty'? Translation in Stalinist-Era Poland’

2.3 Literatures Found in Translation (2): Literary Reception

Papers: Olga Partan (College of the Holy Cross)
‘Russifying Goldoni: The influence of Carlo Goldoni’s comedies on Nikolai
Gogol’s The Inspector General’
Anna Maslenova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
‘Joseph Conrad and Russian Literature’
Olga Ushakova (University of Tyumen)

T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in Turgenev’s Context

Anna Maslenova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)
‘Joseph Conrad and Russian Literature’
Gilly Mroz (University of Oxford)
‘“Уж не пародия ли он?” Quixotic echoes in Pushkin’s “Evgeny Onegin”’

2.4 Literatures Politics, poetics and ego documents of WW1: Russia in

and the context of Europe
Chair: Olga Tabachnikova (The University of Central Lancashire)
Papers: Wim Coudenys (University of Leuven)
‘A Country of Heroes? Belgium in Russian Propaganda during WW1, and
Olga Tabachnikova (University of Central Lancashire)
‘Trench poetry of WW1 in Russia and Britain - a comparison’
Elena Glukhova (Institute of World Literature (IMLI) of the
Russian Academy of Sciences)
Elena Tchougounova- (Independent Scholar)
‘Ego-documental narrative of femininity and its evolution during WW1
in Russia’
Discussant: Louise Heren (University of St Andrews)

2.5 Politics From Greater Europe to Greater Eurasia
Chair: Richard Sakwa (University of Kent)
Papers: Viktoria Akchurina (TRENDS Consulting)
Vincent Della Sala (University of Trento)
‘Love and Fear in the Neighbourhood: Towards a Processual and
Relational Ontology in Foreign Policy Analysis’
Glenn Diesen (National Research University – Higher School
of Economics)
‘Europe at the Western Periphery of Russia's Greater Eurasia’
Iain Ferguson (National Research University – Higher School
of Economics)
‘Russia Project of Greater Europe: The Utopian Vision of a Security
Discussant: Richard Sakwa (University of Kent)

2.6 Politics The Politics of Contemporary Urban Development in

Russia: A Comparative Perspective (LUPSRUSS)
Chair: Marina Nistotskaya (University of Gothenburg, Department of
Political Science)
Papers: Bo Petersson (Malmö University)
Derek Hutcheson (Malmö University)
‘Legitimacy and Urban Planning in Northern Monocities’
Anne Faurskov (Malmö University)
‘Involving citizens in town improvement: a comparative perspective’
Derek Hutcheson (Malmö University)
‘Voting as a means of improving town environments’
Discussant: Marina Nistotskaya (University of Gothenburg)

2.7 Politics Digging Its Own Grave? Postsocialist Liberalism and

the Counter-Movement in the Visegrád States
Chair: Chris Hann (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Papers: Chris Hann (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
‘Economy as Instituted Multi-scalar Process: From a Small Town on the
Great Hungarian Plain to the EU and Transnational Corporations’
Juraj Buzalka (University in Bratislava, Slovakia)
‘Postsocialist Liberalism in Slovakia: The Victim of its Own Success?’
Anna Malewska- ( University of Warsaw)
‘How Pre-modern Social Imaginaries Underpin Anti-liberal Rhetoric:
Perceiving the State, Power and Labour in Rural Poland’
Gabor Scheiring (University of Cambridge)
‘Capitalism’s Failed Promise and the Moral Economy of Neo-
Nationalism: Premature Deindustrialization and the Remaking of
Working Class Solidarities in Hungary’
Discussant: Paul Blokker (Charles University)

2.8 Politics Roundtable: Global East

Papers: Martin Müller (University of Lausanne_
Michal Murawski (University College London)
Elena Trubina (Ural Federal University)

2.9 Film/Media Roundtable: The (Politics of) representations of Non-

Heteronormative Sexualities in Russia
Chair: Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds)
Papers: Alexander Kondakov (University of Helsinki)
‘Representations of Non-Heteronormative Sexualities in the Russian
Legal Discourse’
Dean Cooper- (University of Copenhagen)
‘Videos in International Relations: Political Homophobia and Russia’s
2018 Elections’
Galina Miazhevich, (Cardiff University)
Maria Brock
‘Post-Soviet Estrada and Representations of Non-heteronormative
Sexualities: The Aesthetic Excesses of Philip Kirkorov’
Emil Edenborg (Swedish Institute of International Affairs)
‘Is Visibility a Trap? Promises and Perils of Public Queerness in Russia’
Discussant: Maria Brock (Cardiff University)

2.10 Sociology Diversity, inequality, trust and affect in interview
and situations in Russia
Papers: Utkina, Valeriya (National Research University, Higher School
of Economics)
‘Interview with female public servants: Formal meeting or heart-to-heart
Tokbaeva, Dinara (University of Westminster)
‘Interviewing Media Executives: On Gate-Keepers and Building Trust’
Ukhova, Diana (Bremen)
‘“I categorically do not accept average Western approach to dividing
responsibilities between men and women…”: On doing (research on)
‘Westerners’, class, and gender in contemporary Russia’
Shadrina, Anna (Birkbeck College)
‘“Any children yet?” Emotional challenges when women interviewing
women about age(ing)’
Discussant: Schimpfossl, Elizabeth (Aston University)

2.11 Sociology Environmental challenges in Russia: state, civil society

and and urban development
Papers: Oldfield, Jonathan (University of Birmingham)
‘Russian Nature: Contextualising Russia’s contributions to global
environmental change’
Ermolaeva, Polina (Kazan Federal University)
‘Sustainability Transitions in post-soviet Russia: key achievements and
Kuznetsova, Irina (University of Birmingham)
‘Air of change? Atmospheric pollution in Russian cities: civic reaction and
ecological conflicts’

2.12 History Stability and State Control in Modernizing South Slav

Study Group for the Former Yugoslavia
Chair: Mark Cornwall (University of Southampton)
Papers: Cathie Carmichael (University of East Anglia)
‘The Trebinje Garrison c.1878-1918 as a Case-Study’
Emma Hatto (University of Southampton)

‘Slovene or Yugoslav? Exploring the Politics and Tactics of Dr Anton
Korošec, 1919-1929’
Danilo Šarenac (University of Belgrade)
‘Battling an Archaic Form of Crime. The Tactics of the Yugoslav
Authorities against the Interwar Haiduks (1919-1941)’
Discussant: Rok Stergar (University of Ljubljana)

2.13 History Religion and Spirituality

Chair: (Affiliation)
Papers: Iemima Ploscariu (Dublin City University)
‘A Dappled Community: Ethnic Diversity and the Jewish-Baptist Threat in
Interwar Chișinău’
Alexandra Medzibrodszky (Central European University)
‘Where is the Kingdom of God? Radical Clergy and Orthodox Social Gospel
in Revolutionary Russia’
Eren Ozlem (University of Wisconsin Madison)
‘Russian medieval identity: Façades of the Church of St. Demetrius in
Alexander Palkin (Ural Federal University)
Russian Old Believers Periodicals (late 19th - early 20th centuries):
Questions, Approaches, Perspectives of Study’

2.14 History Spreading the word: Socialism between Soviet cultural

diplomacy and the vernacular
Chair: Robert Chestnutt (Dublin City University)
Papers: Matthias Battis (UCL SSEES) and Farniyaz Zaker (UCL SSEES)
‘The Soviet delegation at the 1934 Ferdowsi millennial celebration in
Iran: synergy and friction between Iranian and Soviet cultural diplomacy’
Pragya Dhital (School of Oriental and African Studies,
‘Mofussil Communism in interwar India’
Zayra Badillo Castro (School of Oriental and African Studies,
‘The road of spiritual exchanges': The Soviet Silk Road, Central Asians
and a socialist platform for Muslim intellectuals after the 1950s’
Discussant: James Caron (School of Oriental and African Studies,

2.15 History Constructing YU Visions: Architecture, Urban Planning
and Power in Yugoslavia(s)
Chair: (Affiliation)
Papers: Elvira Ibragimova (Central European University)
‘Visions of the Capital: a Search of Proper Urban Models for Belgrade in
the Interwar Public Opinion’
Ivana Mihaela Žimbrek (Central European University)
‘Building the New Socialist Reality? Envisioning the Relationship between
Modern Retail and Urban Planning in Zagreb in the 1960s’
Lea Horvat (University of Hamburg)
‘Vision, Gaze, and (In)visibility: Power Relations and Gender in Yugoslav
Mass Housing Interiors’

2.16 History Perestroika

Chair: (Affiliation)
Papers: Martin Štefek (Independent Researcher)
‘19th All-Union Conference of the CPSU and its reflection in the GDR and
Maria Ponomareva (Southern Federal University)
‘The collapse of the Soviet Union and national conflicts in the North
Caucasus: origins and solutions’
Rosario Napolitano (Riga Stradiņš University)
‘‘The censorship is almost over’: An analysis of Latvian Glavlit during the
Franziska Schedewie (Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena)
‘Presenting the image of Soviet foreign politics abroad: the German
question under perestroika’
Viktoriia Kravets (Southern Federal University) and Roman Palichkov
(Southern Federal University)
‘The Third Russian Emigration and Soviet Culture (1980-1990): Problems
of Interaction’

2.17 Oxford Russian Changes rules of the game in regional Russian

Fund Fellows at development: actors
the BASEES 2019
Chair: V.S. Vakshtain (MSEES, Moscow)
Papers: Anastasiia Novkunskaya (Oxford Russia Fund)

‘Childbirth in Russian small towns as a game: rules, actors, strategies and

Daria Skibo (Oxford Russia Fund)

‘Fieldwork in Qualitative Research in Russia: the rules of the game and

their moral justification’
Olga Zeveleva (Oxford Russia Fund)
‘The state and the media: Rethinking journalistic autonomy in Russia’
Alisa Shishkina (Oxford Russia Fund)
Factors affecting the protest activity of women in Dagestan in the period
of 2011 - 2017

17:30-19:00 Keynote Roundtable:

21:00-22:00 BASEES Women’s Forum Roundtable and Drinks

Saturday 13 April 2019

09:00-10:30: SESSION 3
3.1 Literatures and Russian Modernism and Its Legacy after 1991
Chair: Olga Partan (The College of Holy Cross)
Papers: Katharine Hodgson (University of Exeter)
‘Nikolai Kliuev and Sergei Esenin: “Peasant Poet” and “Modernist Poet” as
mutually exclusive categories’?’
Alexandra Smith (University of Edinburgh)
‘Ivan Bunin through the Prism of Post-Soviet Nostalgia’
Olga Sobolev (London School of Economics)
‘Russian Classical Poetry in Post-Soviet Advertising’

3.2 Literatures Dostoevsky: Virtual Sequels, Subtexts, and Unreliable

and Narrators
Cultures (BASEES 19th-century Study Group)
Chair: Olga Ushakova (Tiumen State University)
Papers: Inna Tigountsova (Queen Mary University of London)
‘“...Чижики так и мрут...” Birds in Fedor Dostoevsky’s "Poor Folk" and
J.W. von Goethe’s "The Sufferings of Poor Werther"’
Sarah Hudspith (University of Leeds)
‘Ippolit’s ‘Necessary Explanation’: Success or Failure?’
Alexander Burry ( Ohio State University)
‘"The Stone Guest" as Subtext in "The Brothers Karamazov"’
Rolf Hellebust (Dalhousie University)
‘Dostoevsky's Virtual Sequels’
Discussant: Muireann Maguire (University of Exeter)

3.3 Literatures Canon Revisited: Case Studies on Researching Outside

and the Canon
Chair: Petr Budrin (University of Oxford)
Papers: Natalya Sarana (University of Humboldt)
‘50 Years of New Women: Russian Female Bildungsroman from Great
Expectations to Lost Illusions’
Krivosheina Maria (Higher School of Economics (Moscow,
‘Russian Literature and Reactionary Modernism: Cultural Debates in
“The New Age” Magazine’
Pany Xenophontos (University of Oxford)
‘“A red-haired wolf of Russian steppes sends you his love from Spanish
Steps”: Joseph Brodsky and the Postcard’
Alessia Benedetti (University of Manchester)
‘“Follow me, my reader, and me alone”: Western Classics and the Soviet
Writer-Soviet Reader Relationship in Mikhail Bulgakov’s Master i
Discussant: Petr Budrin (University of Oxford)

7.4 Literatures Creative Industries: Painting, Music, Publishing

Papers: Kieko Kamitake (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
‘The Opera Performances at Private Opera Theaters in Russia from the
End of the Nineteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century: Movement
of Singers and Opera Works’
Juliette Milbach (EHESS Paris)
‘Gelyi Korzhev (1925-2012) : A Soviet painter?’
Anna Shvets (Moscow State University)
‘Art Salons as Communicative Spaces and the Source of New Poetic
Sensibility: Cubism in “the Literary Everyday” of Russian Futurists and its
Translation into Visual Poetry’
Benjamin Musachio (University of Oxford)
‘“Dom tvorchestva pisatelei”: A Case-Study of the Dubulti “Dom” in Soviet
Ksenia Papazova (University of Manchester)
‘“Vintage” Paratext as a Trend in Contemporary Russian Book Design’

3.5 Politics (EECES WAF) Re-assessment or re-definition of the Soviet

past in times of uncertainty
Chair: Sarah Whitmore (Oxford Brookes University)
Papers: Anna Glew (University of Manchester)

‘Commemorative activity of ordinary people in Central Ukraine after the
Allyson Edwards (Swansea University)
‘Curbing Resistance: How Russia Militarised its Youth through Sacrifice
and Loyalty during the 50th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War (GPW)’
Jasmin Dall Agnola (Oxford Brookes University)
‘Erosion or Reinforcement of Post-Soviet citizens’ identity in today’s
globalized world?’

3.6 Politics Politics and policy in Eurasia

Chair: Ben Noble (University College London and National
Research University – Higher School of
Economics, Moscow)
Papers: Ellie Martus (University of Warwick)
‘Environmental State Capacity in Eurasia’
Katerina Tertytchnaya (University College London)
‘Remittances and Political Participation in Eurasia’
Ben Noble (University College London)
Maxim Ananyev (UCLA)
Paul Schuler (University of Arizona)
‘Conditional Criticism: Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Executive in Russia’
Valeria Eapen (Birkbeck College, University of London)
‘Securitisation of Poverty in Russia: Reasons Behind Failed Securitisation’

3.7 Politics Lost between the "posts": the colonial legacy in Ukraine
and Eastern Europe
Chair: Valeria Korablyova (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
Papers: Stanislav Tumis (Charles University)
‘Václav Havel and Czechoslovak (Czech) Conception towards Eastern
Europe after the Fall of Soviet Union’
Valeria Korablyova (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
‘Caught in the postcolonial trap: a peculiar case of Ukraine’
Radomyr Mokryk (Charles University)
‘Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Soviet Ukraine after 1956’

3.8 Politics Putin's Russia and European Anti-Establishment Politics

Chair: Anton Shekhovtsov (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Integration)
Papers: Angelos Chryssogelos (Harvard University)
‘The Dog That Never Bites: Russian Influence in Greek Politics’
Péter Krekó ‘Eotvos Loránd University of Sciences’
‘The Radical Left and Russia’
Anton Shekhovtsov (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Integration)
‘The European "Pro-Kremlin" Far Right in Power’

3.9 Film/Media Roundtable: Mediating Sexualities 2: The Queer in

Russian Culture
Chair: Galina Miazhevich (Cardiff University)
Papers: Maria Engström (Uppsala University)
Anastasia Kappo-Klevska (University of Cologne)
Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds)
Tatiana Klepikova (University of Passau)

3.10 Economics Russian Energy and Security Policy

Chair: Voicu Ion Sucala (University of Exeter)
Papers: Lomagin Nikita (European University at Saint Petersburg)
‘Economic Tools of Russian Security Strategy: Looking beyond Energy
Kozhanov Nikolay (Chatham House)
‘Russian Energy Ambitions in the Middle East’
Titov Maxim (European University at Saint Petersburg)
‘Transition to Low Carbon Economy in Russia’
Avetikyan Gevorg (European University at Saint Petersburg)
‘Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea: What is Next?’
Discussant: Scherf (né Tucek) Filip (Columbia University)

3.11 Languages/Linguistics Politics and Speech

Chair: Natalia V. Parker (University of Leeds)
Papers: Kopač, Barbara (University of Ljubljana)
‘Analysis of Political Speech in Slovene and Russian Language from
Language Pragmatics Perspective’
Pintarić, Antonia (University of Zadar)
‘Metaphorical Modelling of REVOLUTION in A. Platonov's novel
Remestwenski, Yuriy (University of Vienna)
‘Linguistic stereotypes vs. common sense? Some language perception
data towards language conflict potential in Ukraine’
Khazagerov, Georgii (Southern Federal University)

‘Rhetoric of Lenin and Trump. Two strategies to neutralize the
intellectual elite’
Pashayeva, Gulshan
‘Building resilience of state languages in the era of post-truth politics’

3.12 Sociology Conflicted Identities

Papers: Tsanov Yordan (Durham University)
‘Are Cossacks Russian? It is all-Bulgarian… Ethnicity-politics of Cossacks
in Post-Soviet Bulgaria’
Katz, Elena; Pallot, (Oxford University)
‘“Для них все равно мы – чужие, для нас - они тоже чужие” [For Them
we are in any case – the Others, for Them – they are also the Others].
Ethno-cultural Identity Construction among Muslim Prisoners in Russia’
Tuhkanen Liisa (UCL SSEES)
‘Tinker, Traitor, Soldier, Spy? Finnish-Russian dual citizens in public
discourse 2014-2018’
Theocharis Angelis (Edinburgh University)
‘Russophone Book Clubs in the UK: Diasporic community literary
practices and cultural identity’

3.13 Sociology Healthy body, healthy mind: substance use,

and prevention, and exploitation in CEE and in the diaspora
Papers: Brokman, Aleksander (Independent Scholar)
‘Creating a Medical Speciality: Psychotherapy and the Soviet Healthcare
Zatonski, Mateusz (London School of Hygiene and Tropical
‘From bad to worse? Tobacco control in Poland in a regional perspective,
during and after communism’
Bell, Sadie (London School of Hygiene and Tropical
‘Vaccination behaviours and health service access amongst Polish and
Romanian communities in England’

Macquarie, Julius-Cezar Central European University
‘Invisible Migrants: Bodily Exhaustion Amongst Bio-Automatons Working
The Night Shift’

3.14 History Women’s Rights in Soviet Contexts

Chair: Guzel Yusupova (University of Durham)
Papers: Melanic Ilic (University of Gloucester)
‘Women's Responses to the Soviet Emancipation Agenda’
Yulia Gradskova (University of Stockholk)
‘The International Agenda on Women's Rights and the Work of Soviet
Representatives at WIDF Secretariat in Berlin’
Dalia Leinarte (Vytautus Magnus University)
‘Gender Policies after Women's Rights in the USSR’

3.15 History The Socialist Science on the Eve of the Velvet

Revolution I
Chair: Antonie Doležalová (Charles University)
Papers: Sarah Marks (Birkbeck, University of London)
‘Introduction to Panel’
Antonie Doležalová (Charles University)
‘The Grey Eighties’
Helena Durnová (Masaryk University)
‘It should have been called EC 1120’
Hana Moravcová (Charles University)
‘What determines the success of a film? Case of Czechoslovakia before
Discussant: Sarah Marks (Birkbeck, University of London)

3.16 History Elite Failure, Environment, and Economy in Imperial

Papers: Katja Bruisch (Trinity College, Dublin)
‘The State in the Swamps: Wetland Drainage and Territorialization in the
Western Borderlands of the Russian Empire’

David Darrow (University of Dayton)
‘The Spread of Empire: Siberian Butter’
Francis Wcislo (Vanderbilt University)
‘The Memoirs of A.D. Golitsyn: Progressive Dvorianin and the Problem of
Elite Failure in 1917’
Discussant: David McDonald (University of Wisconsin)

3.17 History The Challenges of Democracy: The Aftermath of 1989 in

Papers: András Lénárt (National Széchényi Library)
‘Between Opportunity and Opportunism – The Leadership of the Jewish
Community after 1989’
Judith Szapor (McGill University)
‘An Icon of Antisemitism and Conservative Gender Order: The Revival of
Cécile Tormay in Post-Communist Hungary’
Iván Miklós Szegő (National Széchényi Library)
‘Catholic Revival and Changing Attitudes Towards Twentieth-Century
Martyrdom in Hungary after 1989’
Discussant: Balázs Apor (Trinity College Dublin)

3.18 History Borderland Narratives: Multiethnic Past and the Second

World War in Local Memories of East-Central and Eastern
Chair: Katrin Steffen (NordOst Institut an der Universität Hamburg)
Papers: Hana Kubátová (Charles University)
‘‘Little’ Slovaks, Jews and the ‘Others’ in Narratives of Sečovce’
Imke Hansen (NordOst Institut an der Universität Hamburg)
‘Forgotten Neighbours? Narratives of Multiethnicity and Belonging in
Upper Silesian Borderland’
Olga Linkiewicz (Polish Academy of Science)
‘History and Memory of the Eastern Galician Town of

11:00-12:30: SESSION 4

4.1 Literatures Severnyj Tekst: Mythologies and Imaginaries of Russia’s
and North
Chair: Markku Lehtimäki (University of Turku, Finland)
Papers: Jane Costlow (Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, USA)
‘Anti-Heroic adventures in a melting north: Marina Moskvina’s Good-Bye
Eeeva Kuikka (University of Tampere, Finland)
‘Arctic trans-Corporealities: New Materialist and Posthumanist
‘Perspectives on Yuri Rytkheu’s Short Novel “When the Whales Leave”’
Arja Rosenholm (University of Tampere, Finland)
Klapuri Tintti (University of Helsinki, Finland)
‘What is Meant by the “Severnyj Tekst”?’

4.2 Literatures Spectacle of Society: History and Politics of the Soviet

and Theatre, Film and Propaganda
Chair: Jesse Gardner (University of St Andrews)
Papers: Jesse Gardner (University of St Andrews)
‘Scapegoats and Masks: Stalin’s Anti-Cosmopolitan Campaign’
Adriana Onețiu (Universitatea București)
‘Subliminal politics in 'The Dragon' by Evgeny Schwartz - past and modern
Matthew Honegger (Princeton University)
‘Learning to Love the 1920s: Yuri Grigorovich and Shostakovich's The
Golden Age’
Susanna Weygandt (Saint Louis University)
‘100 Years of Plasticity and Silent Language: From the Avant-Garde Body
to the Body in Soviet Propaganda, to the Queer Underground and
Cultures of Transition and Trauma’

4.3 Literatures The Literary Afterlife of the Polish-Lithuanian

and Commonwealth – Transnational Perspectives on
Cultures Belarusian, Lithuanian and Polish Nationhood
Chair: Katarzyna Brzezinska (University of Cambridge)
Papers: Simon Lewis (University of Potsdam)
‘East is East? Polish Orientalisms in the Nineteenth Century’

Marion Rutz (University of Passau)
‘Belarusian vs. Soviet Past: Uladzimir Karatkevich’s Novel “King Stakh’s
Wild Hunt” and its Adaptation for a Soviet Audience’
Paweł Bukowiec (Jagiellonian University)
‘From Baranowski to Baranauskas, from James to Ngũgĩ: Ideology of
Linguistic Switch’

4.4 Literatures Music and the Fall of Communism

and (Study Group for Russian and East European Music)
Chair: Ivana Medić (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
Papers: Anna Dalos (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
‘Debates About Music Culture, Budapest, 1989’
Jānis Kudiņš (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Riga)
‘Phenomenon of Baltic Singing Revolution in 1987-1991. Three Latvian
Songs as Historical Symbols of Non-Violent Resistance’
Evgeniya Kondrashina (Goldsmiths, University of London)
‘Music for a New Era: Records of the Perestroika Era’
Ivana Medić (Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
‘Just a Few Years Left for Us: The year 1989 in Yugoslav rock music’

4.5 Politics (EECES WAF) Coping with shifting geopolitical influences

Chair: Ola Onuch (University of Manchester)
Papers: Katherine Crofts- (King’s College London)
‘The Tulip Revolution in Context: Successful Protests or a Failed Regime?’
Alina Nychyk (University of Manchester)
‘The EU-Ukraine-Russia actor-based relations during the development of
the conflict in Ukraine’
Marta Barandiy (Ukrainian Free University in Munich)
‘Aspects of Informational Influence of Russia on Foreign States and
International Law’

4.6 Politics Explaining Russia's foreign policy: between IR theory

and area studies
Papers: Natasha Kuhrt (King's College London)
‘Russia’s new horizons in Africa’
Philipp Casula (University of Zurich)

‘Russia and the Middle East – between Great power politics and
Marcin Kaczmarski (Finnish Institute of International Affairs)
‘Explaining Russia’s adaptation to China's rise: structural factors and
domestic politics’
Discussant: Alicja Curanović (University of Warsaw)

4.7 Politics The aesthetics of right-wing mobilisation

Papers: Nathan Brand (University of Leeds)
‘Tsargrad TV: Conservative Revolution on screen’
Dorota Szeligowska (Sciences Po, Paris)
‘Between a Cross and a Statue: how the Smolensk crash contributed to
changing the public commemorative landscape’
Marta Kotwas (University College London)
‘Right-wing populism in Poland – politics or ‘kitsch politics’?’
Discussant: Jan Kubik (Rutgers University and University College

4.8 Politics Political Performance and Discourse

Chair: Bohdana Kurylo (University College London)

Papers: Sarah Whitmore (Oxford Brookes University)
‘Bezpredel: Citizen’s Perceptions of Parliament in Ukraine’
Sophie Schmäing (University of Gießen)
‘Let ‘the People’ Decide? Exploring Performative and Symbolic Effects of
Popular Voting in the Recent Russian-Ukrainian Conflict’
Elzbieta Matynia (The New School)
‘Performative Democracy Revisited’

4.9 Film/Media Audience Engagement and Participatory Practices in

Russian Media
Papers: Mariëlle Wijermars (University of Helsinki)
‘Interactivity and Emotional Persuasion in Russian State Television’
Olga Dovbysh (University of Helsinki)
‘Who benefits from user participation in local media in Russia’s towns?’
Kamilla Nigmatullina, (Saint Petersburg State University)
Svetlana Bodrunova
‘Understandings of journalistic professionalism in hyperlocal Russian
news outlets’
Discussant: Kiria Ilya (National Research University – Higher School
of Economics)

4.10 Film/Media Roundtable

Publishing in Academic Journals: Tips to Help You
Chair: Madeleine Markey (Routledge, Taylor and Francis)
Papers: Elizabeth Walker (Routledge, Taylor and Francis)
TBC (Editor from Europe- (University of Glasgow)
Asia Studies)
TBC (Other editors) TBC

4.11 Economics Post-Soviet Economy today

Chair: TBC
Papers: Sosnovskikh Sergey (University of Greenwich)
‘Site selection processes models for SEZs and IPs: the case of Russia’
Ilja Viktorov (Södertörn University, Sweden
Alexander Abramov The Russian Presidential Academy of National
Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA),
‘Liquidity Management in State-led Financial Capitalism: Corporate
Bond Market and Emergence of Collateralized Finance in Russia’
Osborne Patrick (University College London)
‘A Blockchain Game in Eurasian Energy Trading’

4.12 Languages/Linguistics Pedagogy and Translation

Chair: Alison Long (University of Keele)
Papers: Parker, Natalia V. ( University of Leeds)
‘Solving the Puzzle of the Russian Stress’
Vazanova, Marina (Chuvash State Pedagogical university
(Russia) / Comenius University in
Bratislava (Slovakia))
‘Культурологический компонент как единица обучения русскому
языку как иностранному’
Solomonovskaya, Anna (Novosibirsk State University)
‘Double Translations in Corpus Areopagiticum Slavicum in view of the
common European translation technique’

4.13 Sociology Soviet Generations in Lithuania / Sustainablity and
and Environment
Papers: Kraniauskiene Sigita (Klaipeda University)
Zilinskiene Laima (Vilnius University)
‘From the First to the Last Soviet Generation: The Life Course of
Generations in 20th century Lithuania’
Sutiniene, Irena (Institute of Sociology, Lithuanian Social
Research Centre)
‘The memories of Soviet era of the ‘Transitional Generation’ in Lithuania’
Kaminskij, Konstantin (Humboldt University of Berlin)
‘Climate Change and Cultures of Environmental Migration in Eastern
Ermolaeva, Polina; Demkina, (Kazan Federal University)
‘Critical reflections on sustainable transport in Russian mega-cities’

4.14 Sociology Sustainability and environment

Papers: Kaminskij, Konstantin (Humboldt University of Berlin)
‘Climate Change and Cultures of Environmental Migration in Eastern
Ermolaeva, Polina; Demkina, (Kazan Federal University)
‘Critical reflections on sustainable transport in Russian mega-cities’

4.15 History The individual in late socialist political culture and

beyond: transnational encounters, public representation
and memory
Papers: Matthias Neumann (University of East Anglia)
‘“American-Soviet Sweetheart”: Samantha Smith and the ‘Evil Empire’
Natalya Chernyshova (University of Winchester)
‘“The son of the Belorussian people": Petr Masherau, public memory and
national identity in Belarus'
Rosa Magnusdottir (Aarhus University)

‘Love across the Iron Curtain: Soviet-American Intermarriage during the
late Cold War’

4.16 History Continuity and Change: Soviet Foreign Policy in

Afghanistan, India, and Iran in the late Cold War
Chair: Artemy Kalinovsky (University of Amsterdam)
Papers: Vassily Klimentov (Graduate Institute of International and
Development Studies)
‘Fighting for Islamic Legitimacy: The Soviet Union, the People
Democratic Party of Afghanistan, and the ‘Muslim World’, 1978-1988’
Severyan Dyakonov Graduate Institute of International and
Development Studies)
‘Soviet Public Diplomacy in India: Soviet Teachers of Russian in Indian
Universities in the 1960s’
Dmitry Asinovskiy (European University at Saint Petersburg)
‘The Soviet Union and the Tudeh during and after the Iranian revolution’
Discussant: Artemy Kalinovsky (University of Amsterdam)

4.17 History The Socialist Science on the Eve of the Velvet

Revolution II
Chair: Antonie Doležalová (Charles University)
Papers: Doubravka Olšáková (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
‘Czech Environmental Scientists Between State Party, Dissent and the
“Grey Zone”’
Jiří Janáč (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)
‘"Holistic environmental planning”’
Ivana Lorencová (National Technical Museum, Prague)
‘The Story of Two Renowned Czech Chemists and of their Worldwide
Significant Discoveries’
Discussant: Sarah Marks (Birkbeck, University of London)

4.18 History Imperial Russia and the Provisional Government

Chair: (Affiliation)
Papers: George Gilbert (University of Southampton)
‘Strike breaking in the late Russian Empire: reaction and revolution’
Sasha Rasmussen (University of Oxford)
‘Sharovarnitsy – Women and Trousers in the late Russian Empire’
Jonathan Rowson (University of Nottingham)
‘Playing The System: Negotiation and Correspondence between the state
and Perm’ Province’s Siberia-bound settlers, 1885-1914’
Elena Ananyeva (The State Hermitage Museum)
‘The failed policy of the Provisional Government to preserve Russian
National Heritage, 1917’

12:30-13:45 Lunch

12:45-13:30 BASEES Annual General Meeting

13:45-15:15: SESSION 5
5.1 Literatures Dress and Power in Imperial Russia
Chair: Margarita Vaysman (University of St Andrews)
Papers: Paul Keenan (London School of Economics)
‘Discipline through Dress: Paul I’s Sartorial Policies, 1796-1801’
Amanda Murphy (Nazarbayev University)
‘Manipulating Minerva: Catherine the Great in Kapitanskaia dochka’
Daniel Green (University of Oxford)
‘Male Noble Peasant Dress and Revolutionary Thought: From the
Decembrists to Tolstoy’

5.2 Literatures Canon of Choice: Theory and Practice of Canonicity

Chair: Vera Tsareva-Brauner (Cambridge University)
Papers: Martina Morabito (University of Genoa, Italy)
‘For a new literary canon based on ostranenie: some preliminary remarks’
Brian Haman (University of Warwick)
‘Marginal Exotica: Post-WWII Russian-German Fiction as Minor
Nadezhda Puriaeva (Lomonosov Moscow State University)
‘Russian female writers in textbooks (1800-1917)’
Vera Tsareva-Brauner (Cambridge University)
‘Unknown Autographs of Ivan Bunin: The Story Behind’
Mark Yoffe (George Washington University)
‘Edichka is 40!: Edward Limonov’s Groundbreaking Novel Its me, Eddie
40th anniversary: history of its 1979 publication in New York’

5.3 Literatures Answers in the Archives: Translators and their

and Microhistories
Cultures Russian and East European Literature in Translation
Study Group
Chair: Cathy McAteer (University of Bristol)
Papers: Natalia Rulyova (University of Birmingham)
‘ Joseph Brodsky’s Interlinear Translators: Friendly Invisible Collaborators
of the Great Poet’
Cathy McAteer (University of Bristol)
‘Red Books and Russian Agents: Behind the Scenes at Penguin's Russian
Muireann Maguire (University of Exeter)
‘Pushkin in Grafton Street: The Legacy of Maighréad Nic Mhaicín’

5.4 Literatures Contemporary Russian Artists and Politics: Resistance,

and Parallel Coexistence, Unintentional Social Change,
Cultures Escapism?

Chair: Stephen Hutchings (University of Manchester)

Papers: Adelaide McGinity- (University of Manchester)
‘“You’re not supposed to like us, you’re supposed to fear us”:
Representations of the state in contemporary Russian film’
Nathan Brand (University of Leeds)
‘Visions of the Third Rome: Moscow as a Retro-futurist Imperial Capital’
Marco Biasioli (University of Manchester)
‘The Construction of Russianness in Contemporary Indie Music: Cultural
Nationalism in Festivals, VK Music Pabliki, and Other Trendsetters’

5.5 Politics National and religious identities in Soviet and post-

Soviet Russia and Ukraine (BASEES Study Group on
Religion and Spirituality in Russia and Eastern Europe)
Chair: Zoe Knox (University of Leicester)
Papers: Sophia Kotzer (Prime Minister's Office, Nativ, Israel)

‘Imperial and anti-liberal themes in the discussion of Orthodoxy in
perestroika-era samizdat’
Andrii Krawchuk (University of Sudbury, Canada)
‘From the Margins Into the Limelight: Pagan Identities in Ukraine since
the Maidan and the War’
Victoria Fomina (Central European University, Hungary)
‘In Search of Transcendence: Orthodox Faith and Contemporary Russian
Military-Patriotic Culture’
Tobias Köllner (Witten Institute for Family Business at the
Witten/Herdecke University, Germany)
‘The Social, Moral and Religious Foundations of Entrepreneurs and Family
Firms in contemporary Russia’

5.6 Politics Russian cultural statecraft I

Chair: Sirke Mäkinen (Tampere University)
Papers: Julia Bethwaite (Tampere University)
‘Global Mobilities of Russian Museums: The Fine Art of Museum
Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds)
‘Russian Cinema as Cultural Statecraft?’
Tuomas Forsberg (University of Helsinki)
‘Sport as Cultural Statecraft: Kontinental Hockey League as a Political
Discussant: Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University)

5.7 Politics Developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Papers: Jonathan Ludwig (Oklahoma State University)
‘Nazarbayev at 30: Kazakh Eurasianism and the Creation of Modern
Kum Kang Lee (Seoul National University)
‘Contemporary mobility in/around Central Asia: Analyzing aviation
networks of Central Asia’
Galina Selivanova (Scuola Normale Superiore)
‘Social Movements of Election Observers and Electoral Integrity: Cases of
Georgia and Moldova’
Andrea Peinhopf (University College London)
‘Statehood, recognition and the desire for “normal lives” in Abkhazia’

5.8 Politics The flow of Russian ideas: political ideologies and actors
at home and abroad
Chair: Richard Sakwa (University of Kent)
Papers: Maxime Audinet (Paris Nanterre University - Russia/NIS Centre of
the French Institute of International Relations
‘Ideologies of 'myagkaya sila': value promotion in the public diplomacy of
post-Soviet Russia’
Juliette Faure (CERI - Sciences Po (Paris))
‘“Dynamic conservatism”: the alliance between tradition and
modernisation in contemporary Russia’
Morvan Lallouet (University of Kent)
‘Beyond nationalism and liberalism: Aleksey Navalny’s ideas and

5.9 Film/Media Mediation, Reception, and Memory of Sports Mega-

Events in Russia and Beyond: From Cold War to
‘Information War’
Papers: Alex Jackson (University of Manchester)
‘Russia 2018: Soviet in Style? – An Historical Overview of the USSR’s
Mediatisation of the FIFA World Cup’
Vitaly Kazakov (University of Manchester)
‘From Sochi 2014 to Russia 2018: (Social) Media Memory and
Interpretation of Russian Mega-Events’
Rhys Crilley, Marie (The Open University)
Gillespie, Alistair Willis
‘Reframing Russia through Football: Analysing RT’s World Cup 2018
Reporting and Audience Reception’
Manuel Veth (Futbolgrad Network)
‘Selling the People’s Game – From Gorbachev to the World Cup’

5.10 Film/Media Reframing Russia for the global mediasphere: from

Cold War to 'information war'?
Papers: Stephen Hutchings, Vera (University of Manchester)
Tolz, Precious N
‘From diplomatic incident to disruptive media event: negotiating the
#Skripalcase in Russian and British broadcasting’
Connell Beggs (University of Manchester)
‘Navigating a Crisis: The Russian Orthodox Church’s Shifting Framing
during the Conflict in Ukraine’
Lucy Birge (University of Manchester)
‘Projecting Russia onto the Global Media Ecology: the Case of Sputnik’

5.11 Economics Economic (in)security in (post-)communist countries

Chair: Voicu Ion Sucala (University of Exeter)
Papers: Lenik Paulina (University College London)
‘A pendulum swung back? Populist fever in the Central and Eastern
Kumo Kazuhiro (Hitotsubashi University)
‘Interregional Population Redistribution in the Late Soviet Period: A Re-
Voicu Ion Sucala (University of Exeter)
‘Benefits for the working class in communist Romania: strategies and

5.12 Languages/Linguistics Meaning and Cohesion

Chair: Natalia V.Parker (University of Leeds)
Papers: Liebschner, Andrea (Ural Federal University Ekaterinburg,
Linguistic analysis of multimodal cohesion between comments to “Real
Russia 2018” on YouTube
Bose, Atmoja (University of Calcutta)
"Meaning-Text" Theory as a new age linguistical approach
Thomieres, Irina (University of Paris la Sorbonne)
‘« Язык запахов » : о функционировании предикатов ольфактивных
явлений с глаголами’

5.13 Sociology Protest and radical social change: experiences and

and memories
Papers: Scheel, Julia (Independent Scholar)
‘The Impact of Social Movements on Promoting Changes in Society: The
Case of Slovakia's Anti-Government Protests in 2018’
Tadevosyan, Aghasi (Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of
National Academy of Sciences of Armenia)
‘The change of discourses and cultural landscape during the anti-Soviet
protests in 1988-1991 in Armenia’

Metreveli, Tornike (University of St.Gallen)
‘A New Theology of Politics: ‘Holy Wars’ of the Heterogeneous Ukraine’
Mazzini, Mateusz Maciej (Polish Academy of Sciences)
‘The non-anniversary of non-revolution. 1989 in the mnemonic
cosmology of Poland’s Law and Justice government’

5.14 History Rethinking Stalin and Stalinism

Chair: James Ryan (Cardiff University)
Papers: Danny Kowalsky (Queen’s University, Belfast)
‘Stalin and the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939: A New Historiography’
Peter Whitewood (York St. John University)
‘Stalin's Purge of the Red Army and Misperception of Foreign Threats’
Caroline Kennedy-Pipe (Loughborough University)
‘Rethinking Stalin's Cold War’
Geoffrey Roberts (University College Cork/University of Helsinki)
‘Stalin and the Peace Movement’
Discussant: Sheila Fitzpatrick (University of Sydney)

5.15 History Competing for hearts and minds: local experimentation

with political practices and languages in the Russian
Revolution, 1917
Chair: Sarah Badcock (University of Nottingham)
Papers: Dmitry Ivanov (European University Saint Petersburg)
‘Life of a Party: Grassroots Politics in Shlisselburg 1916-1920’
Daniel Schrader (University of Regensburg)
‘“Nothing is ready for us! You don't treat parliaments this way!” Visions of
representation and challenges of institutional agency. Samara's Second
Peasant and Provincial All-Estate Congresses, May 20th - June 6th, 1917’
Naira Sahakyan (European University Saint Petersburg)
‘Local Face of the Revolution: Тhe Project to Reestablish the Imamate in
Revolutionary Daghestan’

5.16 History Imperial legacies and generational continuity in the

Soviet Union and post-Soviet state
Chair: Matthias Neumann (University of East Anglia)
Papers: Sofia Tchouikina (Université Paris 8)
‘Reconversion strategies of descendants of the Russian noble families in
the 1920s-1950s’

Alexander Titov (Queen’s University Belfast)
‘Social capital and making of the “service nobility” in the Soviet Russia,
Nikolay Mitrokhin (University of East Finland)
‘Soviet officers and their children as the most important social and
political resource for contemporary irredentism in post-Soviet space’

5.17 History Polish Displaced Persons in the aftermath of the Second

World War (Polish Studies Group)
Chair: Ewa Ochman (University of Manchester)
Papers: Katarzyna Nowak (University of Manchester)
‘“Coming From the Peasant Sphere Which Loves Poland with its
Impeccable Heart…” - Immigration of Polish Displaced Persons to the
United States in the Aftermath of the Second World War’
Samantha Knapton (University of East Anglia)
‘“He felt like a fish in an aquarium”: The onset of DP apathy amongst
Polish Displaced Persons in the British zone of occupation’
Michael Krawiec (University of the West of England)
‘Polish Displaced Persons Camps as Religious Spaces‘
Ria Sunga (University of Manchester)
‘From Shanghai to Samar: White Russian refugees and their asylum in the
Dominika Cholewińska- (University of Manchester)
‘Disloyal citizens? Illegal migrants? Wartime refugees? Polish Jews and
Polish exiled institutions during Second World War’
Andrew Roach (University of Glasgow)
The People Trafficker Princes

5.18 History Behind the Iron Curtain: the Road to Political Changes
Papers: Adam Farkas (Eotvos Lorand University)
‘Culture beyond politics: The Hungarian- Soviet Cultural Association’s
work and impact in Hungary after 1945’
Zoltan Ginelli (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
‘Opening Hungary to the ‘Third World’: Hungarian foreign policy and
development planning in Ghana, 1958–1966’
Richard Zima (Eotvos Lorand University)

The Path of Neomarxist Philosophers’ and Samizdat Authors’ towards
System Change
Paulina Codogni (Polish Academy of Science)
‘The 1990 Revolution on Granite as a classical non-violent revolution’

15:15-15:45 Coffee/Tea

15:30-15:40 Membership enquiries – Meet the BASEES Membership Secretary -

Registration Desk

15:45-17:15: SESSION 6

6.1 Literatures Against the Grain: New Readings of The Idiot

Chair: Sarah Hudspith (University of Leeds)
Papers: Daniel Schümann (University of Cologne, Germany)
Voices in the Void: Reading the ‘Soundtrack’ of THE IDIOT
Matthias Freise (University of Göttingen, Germany)
Nastasya Filipovna – the Genesis of a Femme Fatale
Anna Falaleeva (University of Voronezh, Russia)
Normality and abnormality of behaviour in THE IDIOT
Michael Bowden (University of Leeds)
‘The highest synthesis of life’: Levinasian Ethics in Dostoevsky’s THE
Discussant: Christoph Garstka (University of Bochum, Germany)

6.2 Literatures Russian Formalists on the Oral Performance of Poetry

Chair: Tintti Klapuri (University of Helsinki)

Papers: Valeryj Zolotukhin (Russian Presidential Academy of National
Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA,
Moscow, Russia))
‘Departure from the Text: Russian Formalists' Studies of Poetry
Performance from the Perspective of Performance Studies’
Witalij Schmidt (Independent Scholar)
‘Sounding Artistic Speech: The Texts and Works of the Institute for
Artistic Speech Research (1923-1930)’
Ana Hedberg Olenina (Arizona State University)
‘ Poetry as Movement: Sofia Vysheslavtseva’s Theory of Verse between
Formalism and Plastic Dance’
Discussant: Tintti Klapuri (University of Helsinki)

6.3 Literatures (De)secularising Russia: Continuities and discontinuities

and in post-Soviet religion
Cultures (Religion and Spirituality in Russia and Eastern Europe
Study Group)
Chair: Page Herrlinger (Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME USA)
Papers: Kristina Kovalskaya Paris Research University (PSL), Groupe
Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL), Centre
d’Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et
Centrasiatiques (CETOBAC)
‘Expertise of religion in Russia and its Soviet background’
Anastasia Mitrofanova (Moscow Orthodox Institute of St John the
‘Contemporary Orthodox fasting practices in Russia: diversity and
Eleanor Peers (University of Aberdeen)
‘Territory as intimacy: Transition and stasis in the Sakha people’s Yhyakh’

6.4 Literatures Roundtable: Anticipatory Plagiarism: An Advance

and Retrospective
Chair: Rosalind Marsh
Papers: Olga Soboleva (London School of Economics)
Svetlana Yefimenko (University of Exeter)
Inna Tigountsova (Queen Mary, University of London)
Alexandra Smith (University of Edinburgh)
Discussant: Muireann Maguire (University of Exeter)

6.5 Politics Russian Cultural Statecraft II
Chair: Sirke Mäkinen (Tampere University)
Papers: Pallavi Pal (Tampere University)
‘Russia’s nuclear energy sector and Cultural Statecraft’
Johan Eriksson (Söderntörn University)
Roman Privalov
‘Russian cosmos and Cultural Statecraft’
Peter Rutland (Wesleyan University)
Dasha Dubinsky
‘Russian soft power after Crimea’
Discussant: Hanna Smith (Hybrid CoE)

6.6 Politics Discourses and practices of imitation in Russian politics

Papers: Vera Zvereva (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
‘“Impolite People”: Imitation, ambiguity and consensus in political
discourse on Runet’
Françoise Daucé (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales)
‘“Charmer” on the runet: The design of media influence in Russia’
Michael Gorham (University of Florida)
‘“Тьфу на тебя, Алексей Навальный!”: YouTube and the Boundaries of
Civic Debate in Putin’s Russia’

6.7 Politics Gender, citizenship, and ethnicity

Papers: Polina Sokolovska
‘How far are Ukrainian and English laws effective in fighting gender
Renata Ingbrant (Stockholm University)
‘Men’s vindication of political power and the battle over reproduction
rights in post-1989 Poland’
Mate Subasic (University of Liverpool)
‘The notion of citizenship within the triadic nexus’
Vesselin Dimitrov (London School of Economics and Political
‘The Assimilation of Turks in Bulgaria’

6.8 Politics Russia’s Pivot to Asia

Chair: Ankur Yadav (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

Papers: Ankur Yadav (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
‘Russia’s pivot to Asia and changing geopolitics in Afghanistan’
Samprity Biswas (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
‘Russia-China-Pakistan Realignment: Challenges and Prospects’
Suryasekhar (Independent research scholar)
‘Russo-Iranian Relations in the light of Putin’s Assertive Foreign Policy
and Iran’s Nuclear Deal’
Rashmini Koparkar (VIF, Research Institute, New Delhi, India)
‘Russia in Central Asia: Interests and Influences’
Discussant: Vijay Pratap Gaurav (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

6.9 Film/Media Cinematic Space: Natural, Criminal, Sacral

Papers: Natalya Khokholova (Independent Scholar)
‘The Digressed and Distressed on the Shores of Siberian Lakes’
Juergen Warmbrunn (Herder Institute for Historical Research in
East Central Europe)
‘Of post-communist dogs: The film adaptations of Henning Mankells
‘"Hundarna i Riga" as a portrayal of post-communist Latvia’
Candyce Veal (UCL SSEES alumni)
‘The Real as Precursor Text: Bogatyri Rodiny to Do Svidaniia, mal′chiki:
Praising the commander and its reversals’

6.10 Languages/Linguistics Albanian language and poetry

Chair: Natalia V. Parker (University of Leeds)
Papers: Millaku, Shkelqim; Millaku,
‘The Contrast of Noun Phrase between Albanian and English language’
Millaku, Xhevahire;
Millaku, Shkelqim;
‘Ismail Kad Ismail Kadare as a poet or novelis are as a poet or novelis’

6.11 Sociology Migration and borders

Papers: Kuzemska, Lidia (Lancaster university
‘At home, but homeless': IDPs in Ukraine in a search for 'Home'’

Croitoru, Alin (Lucian Blaga University of Sibi)
‘Returnees’ Innovative Skills and Knowledge. A case study on Romanian
Academic Researchers’
Bulat, Alexandra (UCL SSEES)
‘“Low skilled became a euphemism for Eastern European”: skill level and
nationality in attitudes towards EU migration in the UK’
Mikhailova, Ekaterina (Institute of Geography Russian Academy of
‘Borders and cross-border cooperation in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine:
evolution of concepts and practices’

6.12 Sociology Gender and Sexuality in Russia after the Fall of the
and USSR
Papers: Muravyeva, Marianna (University of Helsinki)
‘Gender-Based Violence, Honour and Traditional Values in the Russian
Yusupova, Marina (Newcastle University)
‘Domesticating Global Racisms: Russian Masculinities and the Gendered
Construction of Whiteness’
Buyantueva, Radzhana (Newcastle University)
‘Resource mobilization and survival tactics of Russian LGBT activists,
groups, and organisations’
Kondakov, Alexander (University of Helsinki)
‘Violent Affections: Emotional Drivers of Violence against LGBT People in
Discussant: Miazhevich, Galina (Cardiff University)

6.13 History Social Reform and Print Culture in Late Imperial Russia
Chair: Matthew Rendle (University of Exeter)
Papers: Felix Cowan (University of Illinois)
‘Social Reform in the Kopeck Newspapers of Imperial Russia’
Deirdre Ruscitti NRU Higher School of Economics (Moscow))
‘A Better Home, A Better Everyday: Social Reform and the Role of Print
Culture in Urban Late Imperial Russia, 1890-1917’
Giovanni Savino (Institute of Social Sciences, RANEPA, Moscow)

‘Russian Nationalism and the Agrarian Question in the Western
Discussant: Matthew Rendle (University of Exeter)

6.14 History The Impact of Communism: From Foreign Policy to

Society and Back
Chair: Geoffrey Swain (University of Glasgow)
Papers: Konstantin Khudoley (Saint Petersburg University)
‘Between Peaceful Coexistence and World Revolutionary Process: The
Foreign Policy of the USSR from Khrushchev to Gorbachev’
Galina Yakova (Leeds Beckett University)
‘The Bulgarian 1989: The Transition from Dissident Informal Organisations
to a Political Oppositional Movement’
Vlad Onaciu (Babes-Bolyai University)
‘Constructing a “New Worker”: A Case Study of the Workers in a
Romanian City (Cluj) during Communism’
Corina Snitar (University of Glasgow)
‘Opposition, Repression and the Cold War. The Case of Romania 1948-

6.15 History Ukraine: Past and Present

Papers: Viktoria Svyrydenko (University of Tartu)
‘Long Legacies of the Empires: Identities, Memories, Politics in Post-Soviet
Olga Pylova (Russian International Affairs Council)
‘Ideas of sacrifice in Ukrainian political mythology: the origins and
Iryna Skubii (Petro Vasylenko Kharkiv National Technical
University of Agriculture)
‘Aging consumer in the 1920-1930s’ Soviet Ukraine: between the ideology
and everyday needs’
Christopher Campbell (University of Glasgow)
‘A brave new world? The collapse of communism, Ukrainian dissidents
and the path to democracy’
Iryna Lysenko (Herder Institute for Historical Research)
‘Maidan Revolution protesters between Russia’s historical-political
campaign, the promise of European integration, and the pursuit of
national interest (2013-2014)’

6.16 History Internationalising Twentieth Century Russian/Soviet
Chair: Emily Lygo (University of Exeter)
Papers: Charlotte Alston (Northumbria University)
‘Scientists for Sakharov, Orlov and Shcharansky: Professional networks
and human rights advocacy in the late Cold War’
Michael Hughes (Lancaster University)
‘Becoming British? Russian Revolutionaries in Britain before 1917’
Mark Hurst (Lancaster University)
‘‘Your opinions are your symptoms, your disease is dissent’ – The
campaign against Soviet psychiatric abuse, 1971-1983’

6.17 History Private identity vs public identity in Eastern Europe in

different historical contexts. Microhistorical approaches
Chair: Adam Farkas (Eotvos Lorand University)
Papers: Orsolya Szaniszlo (Eotvos Lorand University)
‘The Identity of Natalia Dolgorukova as a Model of Marital Self-Sacrifice
and Fidelity in 19th Century Sources’
Zsofia Meszaros (Eotvos Lorand University)
‘The Identity of the Non-Conformist Woman and the Epithet “Nihilist
Woman” in Sofia Kovalevskaya’s Fictional and Autobiographical Works’
Viktor Szabo (Eotvos Lorand University)
‘The Practice of Soviet Individualisation – „Homo Sovieticus” and the New
Street s of Sverdlovsk in the 1930s’
Zsuzsanna Gyimesi (Eotvos Lorand University)
‘The Pen Pal Movement Among 7th and 8th Grade Soviet and Hungarian
Children in the 1970s Through Documents and Recollections’

17:30-19:00 Keynote:

19:00- 19:45 Drinks Reception

19:45-late Conference Dinner

Sunday 14 April

09:00-10:30: SESSION 7
7.1 Literatures Literary Politics of Identity
Papers: Olha Voznyuk (University of Vienna)
‘Galician identity as an example of a literary project’
Olena Lytovka (London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research)
‘(Non-)Memory of Forced Displacement: Germany/Poland/Ukraine’
Adrianna Jakóbczyk (University of Warsaw)
‘The image of Germans and Russians in "A Chronicle of Amorous
Accidents" by Tadeusz Konwicki from the psychoanalytic perspective’
Karolina Ziolo-Puzuk (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in
‘Troublemakers and Freeloaders. The Image of the Trade Unions in the
Polish Media 30 Years After the Solidarity Success.’

7.2 Literatures The Art of the Novel: Utopia/Dystopia/Fairytale

Papers: Traini Cheti (Independent Scholar)
‘When a Utopia falls: Makanin's hero of our time’
Rafaela Bozic (University of Zadar)
‘Some Aspects of Soviet Utopian and Dystopian Novels’

7.3. Literatures Beyond the Avant-Garde: Czechoslovak Modernism

and Revisited (Forum for Czech and Slovak Studies in the UK)
Chair: Mark Cornwall (University of Southampton)
Papers: Marta Filipova (University of Birmingham)
‘ From Mucha to Poetism: Tradition and the Avant-garde in interwar
Vendula Hnidkova (University of Birmingham)
‘Czech Modern Architecture and the Long Shadow of Karel Teige’
Peter Zusi (University College London)
‘ ‘Greetings From My Journey’: Karel Teige and the Narrative Simultaneity
of the Picture-Poem’
Matthew Rampley (University of Birmingham)
‘ Rethinking the Avant-Garde: Masaryk, Čapek and the Chur’

7.4 Politics Russian domestic politics

Papers: Jan Matti Dollbaum Research Centre for East European Studies at
the University of Bremen
Linking movements and politics in non-democracies: Evidence from
Alexey Navalny's presidential campaign in 2017/18
Marina Maximenkova National Research University – Higher School of
A politician in Russia: a vocation or a profession? The case of municipal
deputies in Moscow
Kirill Chmel National Research University – Higher School of
Aigul Mavletova
Evgeniya Mitrokhina
‘Whom to Blame? Media Framing and Individual Economic Experience in
Attributing Blame for Russian Economic Crisis of 2014-2016’
Inessa Tarusina (North-Western Institute of Management of
the Russian Presidential Academy of National
Economy and Public Administration)
Catherine Owen (University of Exeter)
‘The Emergence of ‘Participatory Authoritarianism’ in Contemporary

7.5 Politics Ukrainian politics

Papers: David Dalton (University College London)
‘The politics of the Ukrainian oligarchy, post-Maidan’
Ivan Bakalov (University of Bremen, and Jacobs University)
‘Tracing the Mechanisms of Russian Soft Power in Ukraine: the Language
Issue Case’
Andreas Umland (Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (IEAC))
Kostiantyn Fedorenko
‘Between the Frontline and Parliament: Ukrainian Political Parties and
Irregular Armed Groups (IAGs) since 2014’
Taras Kuzio (National University Kyiv Mohyla Academy)

‘Sorting Out Fact from Fiction as to the Real Causes of the Russia-Ukraine

7.6 Politics International politics and foreign policy

Papers: Michał Lubina (Jagiellonian University)
‘Finally adequate? 1989 Central and Eastern Europe’s transformation as
a model for Burma/Myanmar’
Evgenii Treshchenkov (Saint Petersburg State University)
‘Russia in the focus of Belarusian soft power’
Mariia Shagina (Ritsumeikan University)
‘Japan’s sanctions vis-à-vis Russia over the Ukraine crisis: a comparison’
Katarzyna Walecka (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University,
‘A Specific Diplomacy of Political Parties. The case of Poland and

7.7 Politics Soviet Concept of Rights: Between Law and 'Party Line
Chair: David Satter Independent expert
Papers: Bill Bowring (Birkbeck College, University of London)
‘The chapter on “The Fundamental Rights and Duties of Citizens” in the
1936 Stalin Constitution: only a smokescreen?’
Caroline von Gall (University of Cologne)
‘Civil and Political Rights under the Soviet Constitution of 1977’
Kirill Koroteev (Human Rights Centre "Memorial" (Moscow))
‘“Discuss Your Own Constitution!" Soviet Dissident Debates on the 1977
USSR Constitution and Their Contemporary Value’
Dmitry Dubrovsky (National Research University – Higher School of
Economics, Moscow)
‘Socialist Concept of Human Rights – Short History with Long Legacy’

7.8 Film/Media Subversive Sounds: Music Cultures from the Club to

the Cinema
Papers: Silvana Dunat (University of Zadar)
‘Remembering the future: film space and time as subversive elements in
the film "Samo jednom se ljubi" by Rajko Grlić (1981)’
Bethan Winter (UCL SSEES)
‘Landline to Leningrad: Underground Soviet Music in the West’

Claudia Lonkin (University of Alberta)
‘The Politics of Dancing: Music and Clubbing under Occupation in Berlin
and Vienna’

7.9 Sociology Nation state, memory and identity

Papers: Tsuladze, Lia (Tbilisi State University
‘Managing Ambivalence: Georgians’ Discourses on Utilitarian and
Identity Factors in the Context of Europeanisation’
Pfoser, Alena (Loughborough University)
‘Russian tourism to the ‘near abroad’: memory-making in vernacular
international relations’
Wilmers, Leila (Loughborough University)
‘The politics of temporal continuity in personal constructions of the
nation in Russia’
Vaughn, Jason (Independent Scholar, formerly UCL)
‘Ideologies of the 21st Century Russian Exile - Fighting the Putin regime
in Russian Public Opinion from a Distance: Justifications and

7.10 History Concepts of Conflict and Concord in Russian/Soviet

Intellectual History
Papers: Sergei Sokolov (Ural Federal University)
‘Eighteenth-Century Russian Historians on Internal Unity and Concord as a
Defence Against External Enemies’
Kristina Anders- (Siberian Institute of Management)
‘Trying to Create Confessional Concord: V. F. Malinovskii and the “Jewish
Problem” in 18th-Century Russia’
Konstantin Bugrov (Ural Federal University)
‘Conflict as a Tool of Governance: The Murder of Grigory Bykov (1935)
and the Specifics of Soviet Mass Media’
James White (Ural Federal University)
‘Orthodox Rituals in Russian Religious Conflict and Concord: ‘Freedom of
Rite’ at the Society for the Admirers of Spiritual Enlightenment in the

7.11 History Behind the Iron Curtain: the Road to Political Changes
Papers: Adam Farkas (Eotvos Lorand University)
‘Culture beyond politics: The Hungarian- Soviet Cultural Association’s
work and impact in Hungary after 1945’
Zoltan Ginelli (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
‘Opening Hungary to the ‘Third World’: Hungarian foreign policy and
development planning in Ghana, 1958–1966’
Richard Zima (Eotvos Lorand University)
The Path of Neomarxist Philosophers’ and Samizdat Authors’ towards
System Change
Paulina Codogni (Polish Academy of Science)
‘The 1990 Revolution on Granite as a classical non-violent revolution’

7.12 History Religion and Transformation

Papers: Kahraman Alter (Karamanoglu Mehmetbey University)
‘Pomaks, Revival Process and the Distorted Gravestones’
Batir Xasanov (University of Manchester)
‘Religionizing the Kazakh Steppe: The Case of Abai Qunanbai Oğly (1845-
1904) and the Construction of Islam’
Magdaelna Kozłowska (University of Warsaw)
‘East meets East in Paris: on the encounters between Polish Jews and
Jews from Islamic countries in the interwar period’

7.13 History The CMEA from 1950s to 1980s. Reassessing socialist bloc
economic cooperation
Chair: Suvi Kansikas (University of Helsinki)
Papers: Mikhail Lipkin (Institute of World History of the Russian
Academy of Sciences)
‘Upgrading the World System of Socialism: the 3 attempts to modernize
and enlarge CMEA in 1960s - 1970s’
Viacheslav Nekrasov (Institute of World History of the Russian
Academy of Sciences)

‘‘Red Colossus’ at the Crossroads: The Soviet Union, Energy Resources and
the CMEA (the second part 1950s – the first part 1970s)’
Aleksei Popov (South Ural State University/Chelyabinsk State
‘Alternative ways of cooperation of CMEA countries: Bilateral and
multilateral cooperation of Poland, Czechoslovakia and the USSR in the
production of raw materials’
Suvi Kaniskas (University of Helsinki)
‘CMEA after 1988: the socialist bloc between disintegration and

7.14 History Moving Past the Soviet Union

Papers: Nadezda Petrusenko (Umeå University)
‘Desacralization of the Myth of Revolution during the Late Soviet Period’
Tatiana Uskova (The Moscow School of Social and Economic
‘The Memories of the Chernobyl Accident on Runet’
Tadeusz Wojtych (University of Cambridge)
‘History Textbook Commissions and the portrayal of contested events in
Germany, Poland and Russia (1972-present)’
Mioara Anton (Romanian Academy)
‘The fight for everyday life: shortage and consumption in socialist
Joanna Rozmus (University of Vienna)
‘Lost in Transformation? Spatial Restructuration and Everyday Life in
Polish Rural Areas, 1991-2004’

10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea

11:00-12:30: SESSION 8
8.1 Literatures Jewish studies in Russia and Eastern Europe
Papers: Cristina Spinei (University of Iasi)
Narratives of Jewish Life on the Threshold of a New World: A View of Irony
in Sholem Aleichem's Texts
Rachel Moss (Northwestern University, Chicago, USA)
‘“I know who you are, but you don’t know who I am”: performing multi-
ethnicity at the first Jewish Culture Festival in 1988’

8.2 Literatures Alternative Platforms for Art Distribution:

and Unconventional Spaces for Visual Culture in Eastern
Cultures Europe and the Soviet Union 1950s-1980s
Chair: Tatiana Saburova (University of Alberta)
Papers: Jessica Werneke (Loughborough University)
‘“Let’s Talk About Your Pictures:” Amateur Submissions to Sovetskoe foto’
Wiktor Komorowski The Courtauld Institute of Art
‘Entering the Landscape: Wojciech Krzywobłocki at the plan-airs in Osieki’
Elizaveta Butakova- Independent scholar
‘A-Ya as a forum for art criticism: three critical trajectories’
Marina Maximova Loughborough University
‘ Kolobkovost’ as a curatorial strategy: Moscow alternative art exhibitions
in the 1980s’

8.3 Literatures Gender in Russia and Eastern Europe

Papers: Aleena Karim (Forman Christian College University, Pakistan)
‘Discoursing Gender: The Contemporariness of Gender Relations in Russia’
Juan Zhang (Sichuan University)
‘The mother of the image of Russian literature – Yaroslavna’
Katarzyna Brzezinska (University of Cambridge)
‘Women, Fashion and Politics during the Four Year Sejm (1788-1792): A
Noblewoman’s Perspective’
Natalia Semenova (Saint-Petersburg State University)
‘The Woman question in Soviet plays of 1920s-1930s’

8.4 Politics Illiberal democracy and corruption in Central Eastern

Papers: Philipp Köker (Leibniz University, Hannover)
‘The role of presidents in illiberal democracies: Hungary and Poland
Seán Hanley (University College London)
‘Central Europe’s illiberal social democrats: ideological change on the
centre-left in Czechia and Slovakia’
Prince Aian Villanueva (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)
‘Configurations of corruption: A qualitative comparative analysis of
corruption in Central Eastern Europe’

8.5 Politics Russia and Asia

Papers: Ankur Yadav (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
Samprity Biswas
‘Russia’s pivot to Asia’
Yukiko Hama (Hitotsubashi University)
‘Russia's Eurasian Identity and China's Belt and Road Initiative’
Marcin Kaczmarski (Finnish Institute of International Affairs, FIIA)
‘Theoretical orthodoxy or heuristic tools? Russia-China relations and the
gap between scholarly and analytical communities’

8.6 Politics Memory and the uses of history

Papers: Valeria Kasamara (National Research University – Higher School of
‘Shame and Pride in Collective memory: Chinese, Russian, American and
British students about the historical Past’
George Soroka (Harvard University)
‘Parading the Past: Post-Soviet Russia and the Performative Politics of
Deanna Soloninka (The University of Edinburgh)
‘Collecting Process: Reconsidering the Harvard Project as a Source of
Soviet Voices’
Olga Shumilo (Tallinn University of Technology)
‘Shadow of the Colossus: History as a Tool for Policy in Estonia and
Félix Krawatzek (Centre for East European and International
‘What Matters how? Russian Youth and Their Evaluation of History’

8.7 Politics Europe and the Eastern Partnership I
Papers: Andriy Tyushka (College of Europe, Natolin)
‘Contentious constitutionalism: Popular versus Populist
Constitutionalism, Revolutions, and the Rise of Everyday Contention in
the European Union’s neighbourhood’
Radostina Schivatcheva (Free University Berlin)
‘The role of environmental Non-Governmental Organizations in the
Bulgarian environmental governance conflicts’
Jeffrey Kahn (SMU Dedman School of Law)
Irina Busygina
‘Why Did Russia Join the Council of Europe and Why Does it Matter

8.8 Film/Media Film and Art: Studios and Industries

Papers: Hana Moravcová (Institute of Economic Studies, Charles
‘What determines the success of a film? Case of Czechoslovakia before
Antonie Doležalová (Charles University)
‘Czech Film Between Art, Business and State’
Inese Strupule (UCL SSEES)
‘Experimental amateur cinema at the Latvian Academy of Sciences,
Xhevdet Pantina (University of Prishtina)
B’alkans Iconography’

8.9 Sociology At-risk groups, inclusion and welfare

Papers: Sadykov, Radik (National Research University Higher School of
‘Social adaptation of industrial workers in conditions of "uncertain"
employment and the risk of reduction (AvtoVAZ case)’
Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Aleksandra Goriainova
‘Inclusive education in Russia: space for maneuver’
Bolshakov, Nikita (National Research University Higher School of
‘Occupational choice of deaf and hard of hearing young people in
modern Russia’

8.10 History New Perspectives on Socialist Yugoslavia: Medicine,

Science and Politics
Papers: Ana Antic (University of Exeter)
‘Imagining Africa in Eastern Europe: Transcultural Psychiatry and
Psychoanalysis in Cold War Yugoslavia’
Vedran Duancic (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
‘Learning and Forgetting About Lysenko in (Post)Stalinist Yugoslavia’
Ivan Simic (Carleton University)
‘Prostitution in Yugoslav Socialism: From Stalinism to ‘Yugoslav Way’’

8.11 History The Russian Revolution of 1917: Memory and Legacy

Chair: Deirdre Ruscitti (Higher School of Economics)
Papers: Carol S. Leonard (Presidential Academy of the National Economy
and Public Administration)
‘Generational Paradigms in the Making and Writing of the History of the
Russian Revolution’
Daniel Orlovsky (Southern Methodist University)
‘Interpreting the Russian Revolution of 1917’
James Ryan (Cardiff University)
‘The Politics of National History: Russia's Ruling Elite and the Centenary of

8.12 History Power and Punishment

Papers: Mikhail Nakonechnyi (University of Oxford)
‘‘They won't survive for long': Soviet officials on early release on medical
grounds in GULAG’
Mark Harrison (University of Warwick)

Judith Vöcker (University of Leicester)
‘Crime and criminal prosecution in the Warsaw Ghetto’
Martin Wagner (Humboldt University)
Collective Leadership: Transformation of Power after Stalin and Mao,
1952-1957 and 1975-1981

8.13 History Listening again: authoritative and marginalised voices

in the study of Russian spirituality (Religion and
Spirituality in Russia and Eastern Europe Study Group)
Chair: Stella Rock (Open University)
Papers: Page Herrlinger (Bowdoin College)
‘Women and Faith during the Soviet Famine of 1921-23’
John Nelson (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
‘The definition of the Russian spiritual world as seen through music’
Alexandre (Loughborough University)
‘Tolstoy’s Political Thought Then and Now: Taking a Christian Anarcho-
Pacifist Iconoclast Seriously’

8.14 History Transnational relations in the Baltic Sea Region during

the Cold War
Chair: (Affiliation)
Papers: Takehiro Okabe (University of Helsinki)
‘Sovietizing Pan-Finnic Interactions?: Finno-Ugric Scholars and Students in
Tartu, Leningrad, Petrozavodsk and Helsinki, 1948-1957’
Juhan Saharov (University of Tartu)
‘Exchanging economic ideas within the Soviet Bloc. The Hungarian
connection with the “Contractual Work Experiment” in Soviet Estonia in
Pauli Heikkilä (University of Helsinki)
‘Baltic Intergroup of the European Parliament, 1988–1991’
Piotr Perkowski (University of Gdansk)
‘Globalization as a contributing factor to the fall of east European
communism: The case of Poland and Solidarity movement’

12:45-14:15: SESSION 9
9.1 Literatures Literature and Politics in Post-Communist Societies
Papers: Nina Efimov (Florida State university)
‘The Post-Communist Russia In The Works of Vasily Aksenov’
John Moran (Kennesaw State University)
‘What Went Wrong? A Tolstoyan Explanation of Our Inability to Predict
the Collapse of Communism’
Emma Crowley (University of Bristol)
‘The Impossible Reconciliation of Individual and Community in Svetlana
Alexievich’s Secondhand Time’
Markku Lehtimäki (University of Turku, Finland)
‘Invented Lives: Photography, Fiction, and (Post)Soviet Estonia in Sofi
Oksanen's Novels’

9.2 Literatures In Character: Literary Characters in Popular Russian and

and Soviet Literature
Papers: Diana Antonello (Università degli studi di Padova)
‘Why the besprizornik is a meaningful literary character for the early
Soviet children's literature?’
Elena Goodwin (University of Portsmouth)
‘The bad king and the brave commoner: translating the moral narrative of
English folk ballads for Soviet children’
Anne Liebig (University of Edinburgh)
‘Writing (M)Other Moscow. The Detective-Flâneur in Boris Akunin’s
Fandorin Series’
Julija Sipailaite (University of Sheffield)
‘Tricksters and the Post-Soviet Russia: Pelevin's mythological reality in
“The Sacred Book of the Werewolf”’

9.3 Politics Europe and the Eastern Partnership II

Papers: Ritsa Panagiotou (Center of Planning and Economic Research)
‘The Western Balkans between Russia and the EU: Another Challenge to
Laura Luciani (Ghent University, Centre for EU Studies

‘(In)compatible partners? The EU’s and local human rights NGOs’ framing
of human rights promotion in Eastern Partnership countries’
Sergiu Buscaneanu (King's College London)
‘Venus or Mars? Reference Point Determinants of Strategic Choices in
Eastern Partnership Countries’
Andriy Tyushka (College of Europe, Natolin)
‘Contentious constitutionalism: Popular versus Populist
Constitutionalism, Revolutions, and the Rise of Everyday Contention in
the European Union’s neighbourhood’
Radostina Schivatcheva (Free University Berlin)
‘The role of environmental Non-Governmental Organizations in the
Bulgarian environmental governance conflicts’

9.4 Politics Religion

Papers: Maria Toropova (Protestant Institute for Interdisciplinary
Research (FEST e.V))
‘From Church Revival to Church Reboot: the Evolution of the Russian
Orthodox Church in Post-Soviet Russia’
Murad Ismayilov (University of Cambridge)
‘The rapprochement between the secular and religious opposition and
the evolution of ideas of democracy, secularism, and state-religion
separation in the narratives of the Islamic movement in Azerbaijan’
Marcin Skladanowski (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin)
‘Patriarch Kirill’s Concept of State–Church Relations’
Olga Leshkova (Charles University, Prague)
‘Russian Orthodox Church: a factor or an actor in national identity politics
in modern Russia?’

9.5 Film/Media Reframing the 1990s: From Social Media to the

Papers: Victoria Musvik (European Humanities University, Vilnius)
‘Perestroika as a Memory Hole: Traumatic Silence, Selective Amnesia
and Affective Revival of the Perestroika and Early Nineties in Russia’

Viktoriia Merzliakova (Russian State University for the Humanities;
The Russian Presidential Academy of National
Economy and Public Administration)
‘Cultural code of 1990s in popular video blogging: memory, values, s and
its relevance for today’
Mikhail Vodopyanov (University of Edinburgh)
‘Construction of successful self in social media: Tatyana Tolstaya’

9.6 Politics Identity Politics and Education

Papers: Ekaterina Arutyunova (Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy
of Sciences)
‘Ethnolinguistic conflict in the school education in the Russian republics’
Konstantin Zamyatin (Durham University)
‘Russian Political Regime Change and Strategies of Diversity Management:
From a Multinational Federation towards a Nation-State’
Olga Gomilko (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
Hybridity in the Post-Soviet Higher Education of Ukraine: Legitimisation of
Modernity or Post-Trauma Effect’

9.7 Sociology Urban conflict and inequalities / Gender and

and Generation
Papers: Eltsova Ksenia (Higher School for European Cultures of the
Russian State University for the Humanities,
‘Digital spaces of elitism: discursive construction of social distinction
through lenses of urban space (a comparative case study of Moscow
and Berlin new media representations)’
Soldatkin Alexander (Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny
‘Urban Improvements in Russia’s big cities: Actors between Conflict and
a Search for Cooperation’
Kosterina, Irina (Heinrich Boell Foundation)
‘Gender and Agency in the North Caucasus’
Kraniauskas, Liutauras Klaipeda University)

Disarming rebellious child: spectacular subcultures and Soviet ideology
during Perestroika

9.8 History Diplomacy and Transnationalism

Papers: Giovanni Cadioli (University of Oxford)
‘The descent into the Cold War: Kennan’s views on East-West
confrontation in 1944-1945’
Deona Cali (Aleksandër Moisiu University)
‘The League of Nations and the treatment of Albanian minority in Serbia’
Eva Taterova (Mendel University in Brno)
‘Czechoslovakia and Israel in Cold War: From Friendship to Hostility’
Riikamari Muhonen (Central European University)
‘‘Returning home as good friends of the Soviet Union’: Soviet ideological
work with students of Moscow-based People's Friendship University in
the 1960s’
Éva Ványi (Corvinus University of Budapest)
‘New politics-new men? Elite transformation opportunities in Hungary,

9.9 History Poland and Galicia

Papers: Oksana Vynnyk (University of Alberta)
‘Rethinking Imperial Heritage: Disabled Veterans in Interwar Galicia’
Natalia Jarska (Polish Academy of Sciences)
‘People’s marriage: Gender and everyday marital life in postwar Poland’
Radoslaw Budynski (Jagiellonian University)
‘Treasure of Lublin: Index chronologicus by Gustaw Manteuffel’
Marta Beszterda (McGill University)
‘(Post)-Communist Narratives in Polish Musicology: Composers, Gender,
and the Nation’

9.10 History Soviet Life


Papers: Antony Kalashnikov (University of Oxford)
‘Stalinist Monuments through the Eyes of the Soviet Public, 1932-1954’
Alisa Amosova (Saint-Petersburg State University)
‘The normative and extreme daily life of the Soviet elite in 1945-1950’
Olga Zaslavskaya (IACC/NAKKA)
‘Art is weapon of the revolution’: Comintern and its Theatre’
Mollie Arbuthnot (University of Manchester)
‘Picturing nationality in the Soviet periphery: propaganda posters and
national identity in 1920s Uzbekistan’
Davis Pumpurins (University of Latvia)
‘Paradise on Earth: Soviet Russia/USSR Cartoons in Latvian Press in the

9.11 History State socialism in post-1989 Czech gendered

historiography and memories
Chair: Yulia Gradskova (Södertörn University)
Papers: Libora Oates-Induchova (University of Graz)
‘Post-1989 Czech Historiography of State Socialism: Gendered, but
Radmila Švařičková (Palacký University)
‘Czech women´s and men´s generational recollections and the period of
state socialism’
Věra Sokolová (Charles University)
‘Oral History, Queer Periodization and Non-Heterosexual Lives in
Socialist Czechoslovakia’

9.12 History Structure and Reform in Imperial Russia

Papers: Anstasiya Lystsova (Ural Federal University)
‘Client networks at Anna Ioannovna’s court according to materials from
the Commission of Inquiry (1741 – 1742)’
Diego Repenning (University of Bristol)
‘Merging or Isolating: Siberian Intelligentsia’s Debates about their
Relationship to European Russia after the Reforms’
Tanya Sirotina (Independent Researcher) and Denis Starchenkov
(Independent Researcher)

‘Peter the Great in Central Russia: the Voronezh shipyards, culture and